Formerly of Middletown, N.Y.

Manfred H. Probst, 72, of Plessis, died Thursday evening at his home while under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Born April 16, 1935 in Weilbach, Germany, (Freistadt Bayern), he was the son of the late Ludwig and Hildegard Probst.

He attended school in Germany where he became a Master Machinist. He realized his dream of playing professional soccer by playing goalie for Eintracht, Frankfurt.

Having fallen in love with America and its people after the U.S. Army occupied his hometown at the close of World War II; he immigrated to the Unites States and enlisted in the U.S. Army for three years, achieving the rank of Sergeant while spending almost his entire enlistment overseas.

Mr. Probst spent many years as a machinist and later manager at Keilly & Mueller in Middletown. He taught courses for a time at Orange County Community College and retired in 1996 as Manager of Manufacturing from Graphite Metallizing Corp., Yonkers. Mrs. Probst spent several years working with handicapped children at the Board of Cooperative Education Services in Goshen. The couple moved to Clear Lake in 2003. Mrs. Probst died in 2006.

He met his wife, Gerda L. Warmbier, also a German immigrant, at the German-American Club in Port Jervis. They were married on Memorial Day in 1978 and made their home in Middletown.

Mr. Probst was an avid hunter and fisherman in his youth and spent his later years at his home on Clear Lake, surrounded by his grandchildren and watching soccer.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Verik and Wendy, Plessis; four grandchildren: Bret, Alexa, Katharina, and Johanna; two brothers-in-law, Hubert and Wilhelm Warmbier, both of Germany, and a sister-in-law, Ingrid Fuchs, Germany. He is predeceased by his wife and his brother, Wilhelm.

A memorial service for both he and his wife is planned for June.

Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Inc., 38422 NYS Route 37, Theresa. Condolences may be made online at

Contributions may be made to Plessis Fire Department, 25603 Route 26, Redwood, NY, 13679.